Tuesday couldn’t be a more fitting day to write about cheap eats in Santa Cruz, home to cash-strapped college students, traveling miscreants, and budget-conscious travelers alike. Here’s a run down of where you can find knock out meals for just a few bucks.
El Palomar Taco Bar, Santa Cruz: Saunter into the El Palomar restaurant’s taco bar for “Taco Tuesday,” where every chicken, carne asada, and veggie taco is just $2. Burritos with the same fillings ring up at three bucks a pop, too. Draft beers are a whopping $2, hand-made margaritas $3, and a liter of margarita to share will cost you $11. Be prepared for crowds at this always popular Happy Hour of expertly prepared yet stunningly simple food and drink. However, most people don’t know that this deal actually runs every day of the week, starting from 4pm until 10pm, so you can get your taco fix for next to nothing whenever you find yourself in Santa Cruz.
Rockers Pizza, The Catalyst, Santa Cruz: This one is truly a Tuesday-only special. The Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz serves up their very own New York-style slices for just a $1 for cheese and $2 for pepperoni every Tuesday. These pies are a little on the greasy side, but the crust is crispy and loaded with ooey-gooey goodness. You definitely get your bang for your buck.
Penny Ice Creamery, Santa Cruz: Now that you’ve filled up on tacos and pizza, your sweet tooth is probably buzzing. Every Tuesday, and Thursday for that matter, come into this make-it-from-scratch downtown hot spot for a scoop at regular price and a second for $0.01–or just one penny. Stretch your ice cream horizons with flavors like Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, Basil Sorbet, and Honey Lavender.